- Wednesday, 19 March 2008 08:22
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:00
- Written by Mark Hicken
Mark Hicken is a Vancouver lawyer providing a full range of legal services to the wine industry through his own law practice, Vintage Law Group, located in Vancouver, BC. For certain matters, particularly litigation, Mark sometimes works in collaboration with the team of lawyers listed here.
Mark has a B.A. (Honours) from UBC and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, the International Association of Wine Lawyers (Association Internationale des Juristes du Vin) and the American Society for Enology & Viticulture. He has also completed the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Hospitality Foundation and is the President of the Modernize Wine Association of B.C., a non-profit society that advocates for a modern food and wine culture. Mark has a diverse background including time spent working for larger Vancouver law firms such as Lawson Lundell and Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau), entrepreneurial technology businesses and marketing agencies. Mark has supported the Vancouver International Wine Festival for about a decade and is currently the chair of the Gala Wine Auction Committee.
In April 2012, Mark appeared before the House of Commons Finance Committee as a witness in favour of Bill C-311 (the inter-provincial shipping law reform bill which became law in June 2012). Recently, Mark has been interviewed and quoted on wine law issues in the Globe and Mail, the Economist, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province, the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Star, the Advocate, Canadian Lawyer, Lawyers Weekly, BC Business, Business in Vancouver, CKNW radio, CBC radio, CBC television, Global television, Wine Spectator, Vines, Grape2Vine, Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines. Mark was the founder and co-chair of the November 2009 Winery and Wine Distribution Law conference in Vancouver. He was also the co-chair of the 2011 Wine Law in British Columbia Conference, the 2012 Wine and Liquor Law in BC Conference, the 2013 Wine Law in British Columbia Conference, the 2014 Wine & Liquor Law in BC Conference and the 2015 Wine & Liquor Law in BC Conference. He was also one of the featured speakers at the 2011 12th Annual Viticulture & Enology Conference in Penticton, the 2013 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Penticton, the 2013 Wine Law in Washington Conference, the 2014 Wine Law in Washington Conference, the 2014 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Niagara, the 2014 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Penticton, and the 2014 Pacific Toast Expo.
Mark believes that effective legal advice must be provided in the context of a client's business objectives. This is critical in the Canadian wine industry where regulatory structures affect every aspect of the business from conception to consumption. Please feel free to contact Mark if you have any questions about legal issues affecting your winery or agency. Mark's contact info is here.